The Caesar Rodney Riders wrestling squad fended off Henlopen foe Cape Henlopen and a number of impressive out of state schools to win the Battle at the Beach over the weekend at Indian River High School.
Just three days removed from a dual-meet loss to Cape Henlopen, the Riders exacted a little revenge topping the Vikings by 51 points to take the overall crown. CR had top finishers in all but five of the 14 weight classes on Saturday, including overall wins by Micah Hight (120lbs), Tony Scarfo (145lbs), and Zack Parker (285lbs).
Cape Henlopen followed closely thanks to first place finisher Justin Lopez (170lbs), and Thomas Ott (220lbs), Aaron Mattioni (195lbs), Austin Smith (160lbs) who finished third or higher in their respective weight classes Saturday.
Malvern Prep, just one of many out-of-state schools to participate over the weekend, sported the tournament’s outstanding wrestlers, Jake Anderson. Anderson was named outstanding wrestler of the tournament after winning all five of his bouts by pin-fall in 1:30 or less.
Sussex Tech and Sussex Central found themselves on the outside looking in at the top ten, finishing 12th and 13th respectively over the weekend.
Ravens senior Matt Wilson was the highest finisher on Saturday for Sussex Tech placing second at 138lbs falling to Dallastown’s Wes Hoover by pin-fall at 5:20. Ju’Wan Massey placed fifth at 113lbs, while Ryan Parker (195lbs) and Hunter Robles (132lbs) took seventh.
The Golden Knights were led by Clay Conaway who took first place at 182lbs, defeating William Penn’s Daniel Crawford by major decision 20-8. Wilian Ortiz placed fifth at 126lbs, defeating Hunningtown’s Brett Skinner by pin-fall at 3:22.
Both Sussex Tech and Sussex Central return to the mat this weekend participating in the Delcastle Invitational featuring 20 Delaware schools including Cape Henlopen, Milford, Polytech, Salesianum, St. Mark’s and William Penn.
After this weekend both the Golden Knights and Ravens resume their dual-meet schedules on Wednesday, January 8. The Sussex Central will host Cape Henlopen, while Sussex Tech will travel to Lake Forest to take on the Spartans.